Chinese New Year in Nottingham 2018

This Chinese New Year heralds the arrival of the Year of the Dog.

People born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 will fall under this zodiac sign, and some famous people who share this zodiac birthday are Winston Churchill, Mother Theresa, Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, Steven Spielberg, Madonna and Li Yuan (the first emperor of the Tang Dynasty 618 - 907).

People born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive. They are not afraid of challenges in daily life. These positive characteristics mean they have many harmonious relationships. Lucky numbers for dog people are said to be 3, 4 and 9 or combinations of these numbers; lucky colours are red, green and purple; and lucky flowers are roses and cymbidium orchids.

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This programme of events has been made possible with financial support and assistance from:

  • Jiang Hongsheng Exhibition Jiang Hongsheng exhibition
    Tuesday 9 January – Sunday 18 February
    Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts
    Chinese brush painting began around 4000 BC and has developed continuously over six thousand years, reflecting changes in time and social conditions. In early stages Chinese painting was related closely to other crafts from pottery to the decorative inscriptions on bronzes, carved jade and lacquerware. Flower and bird painting separated from decorative arts around the 9th century, becoming an independent genre during the Song Dynasty, often focusing on plum blossoms, bamboo, and chrysanthemums.
    All scrolls on display are available for sale and were created by Jiang Hongsheng, winner of a National Golden Prize for Chinese painting and founder of the Red Peony Academy, Ningbo.
  • Still Life Chinese Language Film Still Life Film Screening
    Thursday 25 January, 1pm
    Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
    Set against the spectacular landscape of the Three Gorges region, Jia Zhangke's humane and moving Golden-Lion winner tells two contemplative and compassionate stories of a man and a woman searching for absent spouses in Fengjie, an ancient town on the Yangtze River which is being demolished and will soon vanish forever in the flooding caused by the controversial Three Gorges hydroelectric dam project.
    This film was selected in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Screen Industries Research (ISIR) from the BFI’s top ten Chinese language films (with English subtitles) from the 21st century. It will be presented with an introduction by Shiying Liu, a student from the University of Nottingham’s Department of Culture, Film and Media.
  • Panel Discussion: Documentary Film Making in China Panel Discussion: Documentary Film Making in China
    Thursday 25 January, 3pm-5pm
    Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts
    Panel Participants: Dr Xiaopei He, filmmaker and research associate, University of Sussex; Dr Hongwei Bao (chair), ISIR; Dr Leora Hadas, ISIR; Dr Sabrina Qiong Yu, senior lecturer in Chinese and Film Studies, Newcastle University.
    The panel will consider the current state of documentary in China as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the country's young filmmakers today.
  • Chinese New Year Temple Fair & Cultural Photography Exhibition Shanghong Nottingham Chinese New Year Temple Fair & Hemudu (Ningbo) Cultural Photography Exhibition
    Saturday 10 February, 10.30am-5.30pm
    Market Square, Nottingham
    Enjoy arts and crafts including calligraphy and paper cutting, storytelling, music and dance including the Chinese Dragon dance, plus the chance to try out some authentic Chinese New Year foods. You can also find out about Hemudu – an ancient town in Ningbo – in a special photographic exhibition telling the story of its fascinating and unique landscape, culture, heritage and development.
    Supported by: Shanghong Shelf, Hemudu Government, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham Confucius Institute, CSSA Nottingham, CSSA NTU
  • Chinese Arts & Crafts Workshops Chinese Arts & Crafts Workshops
    Saturday 17 February, 12noon-2pm
    Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts
    Learn how to create attractive Chinese lanterns and window flowers. You can also make a beautiful Chinese knot of your own to take away, frame and decorate your home.
    Supported by: Nottingham Confucius Institute, Lakeside Arts
  • Nottingham Chinese New Year Gala 2018 Nottingham Chinese New Year Gala 2018
    Saturday 17 February, 2.30pm
    Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
    A kaleidoscope of fresh and fascinating performances by professional performers, including Sichuan Opera face-changing and Kung Fu of the highest standard. Each act builds to create a multi-layered representation of traditional Chinese culture, bringing its richness and variety to life: the perfect way to welcome the Year of the Dog.
    All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Children's Brain Tumour Research Supported by Nottingham Confucius Institute, Lakeside Arts, Asia Business Centre, Hino Travel
  • Ye Funa: From Hand to Hand Ye Funa: From Hand to Hand
    Saturday 17 February - Sunday 4 March
    Nottingham Contemporary
    Ye Funa’s practice is concerned with the boundaries between daily life and contemporary art. For From Hand to Hand, Ye will produce a new episode in her online Peep-Stream series, addressing society’s current desire to display ourselves.
    The final video will be embedded in an immersive installation that converts the gallery into a nail salon. Here, nails become the exhibition space through which Ye artificially reforms the natural extremities of the body. This exhibition is part of NOW: A Dialogue on Female Chinese Contemporary Artists, in collaboration with CFCCA, HOME, Turner Contemporary, MIMA and Tate.
  • Panda's Home Panda's Home
    Friday 23 February, 11am & 1.30pm
    Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
    Come with us on a richly imaginative journey led by two dancers where we’ll encounter bamboo forests, fireworks, kites and monsters, experience Chinese traditions and stories, and begin to learn about Chinese Five Elements (Wu Xing), where each element is transformed and generates the next one: wood – fire – earth – metal – water. This brand new visual, digital and dance collaboration between award-winning TPO and Chinese artists is an absolute treat for everyone aged 4+*
    ‘Fills the gap between the young audience, the contemporary world and Chinese traditions.’ Chen Nan, China Daily
    *audience will be asked to remove their shoes in order to interact with the digital technology on the dance floor
  • 6th Si Yuan Cup Table Tennis Tounrament 6th Si Yuan Cup Table Tennis Tournament
    Saturday 3 March, 3pm-9pm
    David Ross Sports Village, University Park
    To celebrate Chinese New Year, table tennis players of all ages and ethnicities – beginners or advanced levels – are welcome to enter the tournament. Free taster sessions will also on offer. To register or find out more, please visit